Someone I know posted an article on Facebook a while back with this provocative title: “Is there an age limit on wearing jeans?” It only took me a second to answer it in my own mind: No way, jeans forever!
I love jeans and wear them all the time – dressed up and dressed down. My mother, who’s in her 70s, still wears jeans and looks great. Not everyone does feel comfortable in denim, though, and I can see a person getting to a place where they don’t like to wear them anymore. But, if you’re still digging jeans and they make you feel good, why not keep wearing them for as long as you want?
Generally, I think a person should wear what they want to wear… to a point. I mean, we all have lines we draw, right? There are certain styles or pieces of clothing that feel too “young” for me to wear now. For instance, I still wear short skirts, but not as short as I wore in my 20s and 30s. And aside from the gym or the beach, I wouldn’t be caught dead showing my midriff. When you do that in your 40s it just screams to me: “I still want to be 22!” And who wants to be 22 again? Well, maybe some of us do, but I don’t.
A lot goes into wardrobe choices, of course, besides the sensibilities that come with age. There are things like culture, weather, taste, budget, etc. For me it’s also about appropriateness and respect. Sweat pants at church? No. Ripped jeans at a professional meeting? Don’t think so. Does this make me old-fashioned? I don’t think so. I think respect for the people and situations we’re in, as well as for ourselves, should never be ignored no matter what we prefer to wear.
So what do you think? Are you a jeans-forever person? Are there certain things you don’t wear anymore or things you’ve begun wearing and wouldn’t be caught dead in anymore? Spill the beans!
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